In Short: Aug. 8-14, 2013
Drum corps live film
See the world's most elite marching music ensembles in "DCI 2013: Big, Loud & Live 10" beginning at 6:30 p.m. today at Nitro Stadium 12. The five-hour-15-minute event broadcasts the Drum Corps International World Championship Prelims live from Indianapolis.
Tickets are $18. Call 304-769-0405.
Brew Skies Festival
The 2013 Brew Skies Festival at Canaan Valley State Park runs from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday. It features 28 bands on two stages, all of whom are West Virginia-based or have ties to the state, except the headliners: J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Luella and The Sun, The Pimps of Joytime and Grayson Capps.
There will be craft beer sales from state breweries, plus local artisan booths and a children's area. Tickets are $50 for the weekend or $30 daily. Admission is free for ages 14 and under.
Call 304-463-4500 or visit www.brewskiesfestival.com.
The Charleston Light Opera Guild will close its production of "Chicago" at the Civic Center Little Theater this weekend. Remaining performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $20 for the show, which Gazette reviewer Andrea Bond said is "a real killer -- every bit as fun as the shootings and stabbings gleefully carried out by the showgirls in the musical."
Call 304-343-2287 or visit www.charlestonlightoperaguild.org.
Children's Theatre auditions
Children's Theatre of Charleston will conduct auditions for its production of "Seussical The Musical Jr." from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the CTOC workshop, 1007 Bigley Ave. Roles are available for boys and girls ages 8 to 18.
You may register for an audition slot at www.ctoc.org, but it is not required. Registrants should come 20 minutes early, to complete registration and prepare for a small dance routine.
Performance dates are Oct. 10-13.
Visit the website or call 304-346-0164 with questions.
The Pretty Penny Café in Hillsboro will host its second annual Reggae SunFest beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Performers at the family-friendly event are Lazy Man Dub, the Shawn Owen Band, I-Vibes and DJ Charlan.
Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door; children 12 and under are admitted free. Call 304-653-2646 or visit www.prettypennyfood.com.
Jim Scott will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W. The singer/composer/guitarist/activist will perform a concert of his jazz and world music-influenced songs, which celebrate peace, justice and the earth.
Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Call 304-345-5042 or visit www.uucharlestonwv.org.
No Pants Players
The No Pants Players will present two shows in one Saturday at Timothy's Bar, 1022 Quarrier St. (below the Quarrier Diner). Beginning at 9 p.m., half the improv comedy troupe will perform; then, after a 30-minute intermission, it's the rest of the troupe's turn.
The show is for ages 18 and up only. Expect adult themes, situations and language.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 1-877-467-7689 or visit www.nopantsplayers.com.
Mt. Nebo open mic
At 8 p.m. Aug. 14, BiggDaddy & the Mudcats will begin hosting a weekly open mic night at the Tractor Bar, 546 Wilderness Highway, Mt. Nebo. It's free, and has a full electric backline provided, with stage, lights, drums and amps.
Call 304- 872-8100.
Line dance workshop
Youngstown, Ohio, line dance instructor Jill Babinec will teach a daylong workshop Aug. 17 at the Elk's Lodge, 1706 Greenbrier St. Babinec DJs at line dance events all over the country and is up to date on all current line dances.
Registration runs from 9 to 9:30 a.m., with the morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After a one-hour break for lunch (included in registration fee), the afternoon session is from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come back from 7 to 11 p.m. for a dance DJed by Babinec.
Cost is $55. Contact Sandy at 304-989-4015 or Becky at 304-949-3973.
Alban Arts Academy
The Alban Arts Academy is now enrolling for the fall 2013 semester, which begins Aug. 27. Classes include acting, improv, stage makeup, screenwriting, digital storytelling, directing, technical theatre and scene painting.
Tuition is $200 per class for a 12-week semester. Scholarships are available.
For specific class information and registration and scholarship forms, visit www.albanartscenter.com or call 304-721-8896.
WomanSong will hold its "Divas and Desserts" summer gala fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Tennis Club, 1600 Tennis Club Road. The evening will feature music by Ryan Kennedy and the chorale as well as food from Bridge Road Bistro and a silent auction.
Tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.